Life is Good

Nas - Life is Good
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Based on 24 reviews
2012 Ratings: #122 / 945
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Based on 131 ratings
2012 Ratings: #186
July 17, 2012 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
A.V. Club

Life Is Good leaves Nas in his comfort zone, where the vital music of his youth proves a rousing platform for commenting on matters of middle age.

90
No Ripcord

Nas has partially returned to the late 80’s/early 90’s golden age of hip hop sound that inspired his debut, taking influence from production greats like Run DMC, the Bomb Squad and Eric B.

85
Beats Per Minute

This album is the most original work one of the greatest MC’s of all time has released in more than a decade.

83
Pitchfork

Song for song, it's his most solid, disaster-free album since, well... we won't go there

80
Consequence of Sound

This is Nas’ strongest album in 18 years and three months– yes, since his debut album Illmatic.

80
NME

For the most part he sticks with tried-and-true allies Salaam Remi and No ID behind the desk, and they deliver an album as raw as anything since his 1994 classic ‘Illmatic’. 

80
Drowned in Sound

At this stage in his career, and following in the footsteps of two records that arguably tripped over their own concepts, it’s great to hear Nas sounding focussed once again. 

MinatoArisato
70
Honestly something that is good but had a lot more potential. Life Is Good is a mature and introspective look from Nas on being an older rapper with his glory days long behind him. The problem here is the amount of filler and out of place songs like "Summer on Smash". This albums saving grace is containing some of Nas' greatest works such as "Daughters" and "Cherry Wine"

Best Track: Cherry Wine
Worst Track: Summer on Smash
thebibleparttwo
40
Life Is Good isn't good
BuffaloStaple
67
Nas' lyrics on this album are definitely impressive, he's still a very capable emcee, but when comes to the production and songwriting of a lot of these tracks, I think he's got a long way to go before he reaches the level he was on back in the days of Illmatic. Whilst I do think there's a lot of filler here, still though it's definitely nice to hear that he's hasn't lost his touch completely this deep into his career.
Claytastic
71
Nas improves on the shit that made his previous two efforts so stanky, but still has an occasional stumble. On Life Is Good, we finally hear Nas rapping about his own personal experiences rather than whatever's going on in the world that he's upset about. Granted not all of his topics on here are that interesting (especially not for the length some of these songs are) or executed that well in a musical form, but it's still nice to hear it from him. Overall, a solid effort.

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BruhMan
86
FAVORITE TRACKS: A Queens Story, Accident Murders, Daughters, World's an Addiction, You Wouldn't Understand, Back When, The Don, Stay, Cherry Wine, Bye Baby, Nasty & Roses

LEAST FAVORITE: Summer On Smash
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Track List

  1. No Introduction 
  2. Loco-Motive 
  3. A Queens Story 
  4. Accident Murderers 
  5. Daughters 
  6. Reach Out 
  7. World's An Addiction 
  8. Summer On Smash 
  9. You Wouldn't Understand 
  10. Back When 
  11. The Don 
  12. Stay 
  13. Cherry Wine 
  14. Bye Baby 
  15. Nasty 
  16. The Black Bond 
  17. Roses 
  18. Where's The Love
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